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Redistricting committee approves new Augusta map

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 8:34 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 4:28 AM
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After more than three hours of deliberating and some last-minute revisions, Augusta’s ad hoc redistricting committee succeeded Tuesday in approving a map of redrawn Augusta Commission and Richmond County school board district lines based on 2010 census data.

The 12-member committee voted unanimously on school board member Marion Barnes’ motion to adopt the map, a modification of the committee’s Plan 3 that lowered the minority population in District 6 to 60.6 percent.

The earlier version of Plan 3 left District 6 – represented by school board member Jack Padgett Jr. and term-limited Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson, both white – with a minority percentage of nearly 70 percent.

After more than two hours spent questioning consultant Linda Meggers and Richmond County Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey about the implications and possibilities of the choices before them, the committee recessed while Meggers made some final tweaks using redistricting software.

The tweaks were on a motion made by Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Gracewood, which passed unanimously, to decrease Plan 3’s minority percentage in District 6 to between 55 percent and 58 percent.

After the recess, Meggers emerged with a plan she said was the best that could be accomplished. Bailey said it created only one split voting precinct.

Commissioner Alvin Mason, the chairman of the redistricting committee, congratulated the panel for its work, which now goes before the commission, school board and Augusta legislative delegation for approval. Once approved by the legislature and signed by the governor, the plan must win approval from the U.S. Department of Justice.

WHAT WAS APPROVED

District    Deviation     Black Population   Black Population of Voting Age

1                 -1.7%                    64.69%                        60.85%

2                 -0.91%                 68.94%                        65.05%

3                 +0.36                   45.08                           42.45

4                  -1.18                   74.06                            72.16

5                 +2.31                   68.70                            63.46

6                 +2.72                   60.64                           56.34

7                  -1.01                    33.36                           30.01

8                    -1.6                    30.96                           28.53

NOTE: Deviation means the percentage difference above or below a population of 25,000 for the district.

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iLove
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iLove 11/29/11 - 10:16 pm
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If I didn't know any better,
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If I didn't know any better, I could say that the AC and the city of Aug. is fascinated with the black population...It seems that EVERYTHING is about this race of people.

scgator
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scgator 11/29/11 - 10:17 pm
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redistricting and moving

redistricting and moving boundaries is the biggest crock around an a huge taxpayer burden; why should the city have to redraw the maps every time people move out of a district into another. Why can't they just face facts, that districts change complexity and population all of the time; you can never catch up or level the playing field. If you really want to make a difference in the district population.............give the people moving out a good tax based reason to stay. spend some money in the district, add some more police patrols and firefighter coverage. Do something besides whining and complaining about racism; that card has been played already....................

scgator
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scgator 11/29/11 - 10:20 pm
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I see that 5 out of 8

I see that 5 out of 8 districts have a majority black population; where is the problem?????

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/30/11 - 07:31 am
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Sure looks like SOMEBODY is

Sure looks like SOMEBODY is interested in race the way the have this thing broken down to hundreth place percentages on the basis of black residents.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/30/11 - 07:44 am
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scgator said... Why can't

scgator said...
Why can't they just face facts, that districts change complexity and population all of the time; you can never catch up or level the playing field.

so true-so true

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/30/11 - 07:57 am
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All of this is brought to you

All of this is brought to you by the Justice Department. It is all mandated...all the AC is doing is telling the story.

But the process is dictated by the Feds...always has been...and always will be UNTIL the hideous Voting Rights Act is put out of our misery.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/30/11 - 07:58 am
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No kidding.

No kidding.

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 11/30/11 - 09:21 am
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Our society is constantly

Our society is constantly leveling the playing field for the minority community. They will even admit that it isn't working. At what point will they be held accountable for their own success?

TParty
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TParty 11/30/11 - 10:59 am
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Wait, this is gerrymandering,

Wait, this is gerrymandering, not a Voting Rights Act problem.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/30/11 - 03:30 pm
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This is why all these big

This is why all these big changes have been pushed.

TK3
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TK3 12/03/11 - 08:46 pm
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It is all rigged, including

It is all rigged, including the elections so don't forget to put your stamp of approval on what or whoever the "powers That Be" decide to put up and support.

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